Hidden Barriers to Happiness Blog

Have you always wondered about the invisible forces that affect your health, wealth and happiness?

As a neuroscientist, and then neuro and nutritional epidemiologist, I researched the underlying causes of mental and health problems.  Now as a Holistic Brain Health Practitioner, I regularly make new discoveries while working with clients.

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What are you waiting for?  Knowledge is power!

Ten Consequences of Childhood Neglect

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in childhood experiences, childhood trauma, subconscious barriers | 2 comments

Ten Consequences of Childhood Neglect

Like most empaths, I have been deeply disturbed by the separation of immigrant children from their families at the border. The impact of childhood neglect can be profound.  I know this from Harlow’s research on baby monkeys, the studies of children in orphanages, by the work I’ve done with clients and my own history of neglect.   I have been worried about the lifelong psychological damage this could do to these children, the impact it will have on their ability to feel safe in this world, their ability to trust and form healthy relationships, their growth, their ability to function when they get back to school and depending on how long they are separated, their survival.

Back in the 1950’s Harry Harlow performed experiments on baby monkeys where he took them from their mothers and other infants.   These monkeys could no longer securely attach to other monkeys and their ability to socialize was severely disrupted.  If the isolation lasted beyond 90 days, the effects were irreversible.

childhood neglect at abandoned orphanagesMore recently, Nathan Fox and colleagues studied childhood neglect by comparing young children (ages 6 months to 3 years) in Bucharest who were reared in a Romanian orphanage vs. those when were put in foster homes.    In the Romanian orphanages, babies were left in cribs all day, except when fed, diapered or bathed on a set schedule.  The neglected children in orphanages had a myriad of problems, ranging from cognitive deficits, to difficulty regulating emotions, social withdrawal, low self-esteem, to tics, tantrums, and stealing,

As a healer, I’ve seen these problems with clients who’s parents were emotionally unavailable.  As for my own healing journey, I’ve become increasingly aware that my lifelong struggles which sound a lot like the Romanian orphans (minus the tics and stealing) are likely due to many years of emotional neglect that I had growing up.

Given that I use the wisdom of the subconscious to get straight to the root causes of problems, I thought it would be of interest to share what I’ve learned about the consequences of childhood neglect from my experience as a healer.

Here are 10 major consequences that I have seen of early life neglect:

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The Unbelievable Effects of Developing Resilience

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in beliefs, mental health, mental health tools, resilience, resiliency, The Body Code | 0 comments

The Unbelievable Effects of Developing Resilience

So far, 2018 has dealt me with one punch in the gut after another. It began with the end of my relationship with my boyfriend who I was crazy about.  It has been full of problems with housemates, stress from a law from the EU that could destroy my business, friendships falling apart, stress from more work that I could handle, loneliness, and despair about having to move out of my beloved home.

I was feeling beaten up, run down, hopeless and quite depressed.  I was feeling like a victim to life.  In the midst of all this happening, I developed a giant and painful cyst on my back that needed regular attending to, but was extremely hard to reach.   The recommendations from my naturopath were helping, but the progress was far too slow, and I was having to consider surgical removal.

In trying to address the cyst, I discovered the metaphysical underpinnings.  The questions I got were, “What will it take to stop feeling sorry for myself?  And “What will it take to accept my life as a learning experience and look forward with hope?”

“Wow! “ I thought.. “how timely!”

In pondering these questions, I realized that I need to do a better job of bouncing back!  I needed to release barriers to building resilience.

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3 Reasons Why We Need to Limit Our Sugar Intake

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in addictions, behavior, healthy habits, sugar | 0 comments

3 Reasons Why We Need to Limit Our Sugar Intake

You’ve definitely heard it before – too much sugar isn’t good for you. Yet for some reason cutting down and monitoring your sugar intake can require a lot of self-discipline.   While most of us know that too much sugar isn’t good for us, the reasons why are nebulous at best to most.  That is we I invited certified nutritionist, Kelli Wike, to tell us more about why we need to limit our sugar intake.

Kelli Wike has a degree inNutritional Science from Bastyr University, and has been working with clients for 20 years with her company Transformation Mission.

Dr  Tina:   Welcome Kelli Wike, and thank you for joining me!

Kelli:  I’m delighted to be here!

Types Of Sugars That Have Negative Effects On The Body

Dr. Tina:  Sugar is often many people’s weak spots – including my own. I’m sure you’ve all had that sugary craving where you reach for a chocolate bar to get that quick energy boost but as you are all probably aware, there are several types of sugars. They all interact with the body in different ways.  Some are better for you than others.   So Kelli, could you tell us more about the types of sugars?

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A Simple Answer to Memory Loss

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in healthy brain, memory, The Body Code | 0 comments

A Simple Answer to Memory Loss

My elderly client came to me deeply concerned about her short term memory loss.  She would find that in casual conversations, she would forget important things that she was told just 2 minutes ago.  While planning simple trips (like going to the doctor), she would find that she had to keep making her plans over and over because she had forgotten what she originally had planned to do. She was also struggling with spelling words that had never given her trouble before, like “guilt”.  She would frequently have these “can’t think” moments.  She was worried that these could be signs of dementia.

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5 Mindset Shifts For Healthy Relationships

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in forgive, healthy, relationships | 0 comments

5 Mindset Shifts For Healthy Relationships

Many of us struggle with having healthy relationships. No matter how hard I work on my relationships, at some point, I’ll run into conflicts. I can’t always save the relationship because it takes two for it to work, but I always learn from my experiences and strive to do better. Because I have struggled with my relationships for so many years, I’ve learned a lot.  So I thought I’d share some of my favorite  mindset shifts for healthy relationships that have helped me over the years.

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From Unsanitary to Motivation to Clean!

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in habits, healthy habits, motivation, motivation to clean, sabotage | 0 comments

From Unsanitary to Motivation to Clean!

I had a client that came to me for a variety of issues. After listing a number of things she wanted to work on, we asked her subconscious where to start. I got that we needed to work on something that she had not listed. I discovered that we needed to increase her motivation to clean, and then she let me know why that came up.

She had a pet that wasn’t toilet trained and she did not clean up after her.  She had not cleaned her place since her husband left her a year ago!   There was mold, feces and urine everywhere and she didn’t seem to care even if she stepped in it!  Her habits were disturbing and unsanitary enough that her family even tried to get her institutionalized!

How did she get the motivation to clean?

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Should you exercise to prevent or reverse dementia?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Alzheimer's, Dementia, exercise, healthy brain, risk factors, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Should you exercise to prevent or reverse dementia?

Should we exercise to prevent dementia?

The answer to the latest meta analysis is showing that the data is inconclusive!

Does that mean we shouldn’t bother to exercise? No!  There are a lot benefits to exercise.

What are the benefits of exercise to the brain?

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Recovery from a Head Injury

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in head injury, healthy brain | 0 comments

Recovery from a Head Injury

My client is an accomplished author and public speaker.  One day, as she was walking along, she fell and hit her head on the concrete.   As a result, she felt a lot more fatigue and would need to nap regularly.  Her most troubling symptom was with her typing.   After the fall, she was constantly making spelling errors and adding extra spaces to just about every word. She was getting frustrated about all the errors she was making.

Would she be able to have a recovery from a head injury?

The doctors told her it would take 3 months to recover from her’s.  But she didn’t have the option of taking 3 months off of work.   Her income depended on her ability to be healthy.

What happened when we released barriers for a faster recovery?

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Is the Opposite of Addiction Connection? Exploring the Root Causes of Addictions

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in addictions, behavioral intervention, The Body Code | 0 comments

Is the Opposite of Addiction Connection?  Exploring the Root Causes of Addictions

The author of Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari states: “The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety – it’s connection”.

But can the causes of addictions be reduced down to just one simple reason?

In his TED talk, titled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong”, Hari argues that there is an underlying cause to addiction that isn’t being sufficiently addressed with addicts. He states that the current war on drugs does little to address what he says is the key underlying cause of addiction in the first place:   The lack of connection and profound loneliness that perpetuates their behavior.

What is the evidence he uses to support this argument?

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Healthy Choices Made Easy

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in addictions, behavior, Emotion Code, emotional eating, habits, healthy habits, sabotage, sabotage, The Body Code | 0 comments

Healthy Choices Made Easy

Terry came to me concerned about her weight. She had lost 40Ibs through weight watchers, but she was constantly worried about gaining it back, and she wanted to lose 30Ibs more.   She would get intense and regular cravings for salty foods and sweets, and was always thinking about food.   Then when she would eat, she found herself eating far more than she should have, whether it was at restaurants with friends, or at home alone.   At the worst of her eating habits, she could gain weight very fast. Just before we addressed this issue she had gained 11Ibs in 2 weeks!   (more…)

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